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Reopening Bars Is Easy. Schools Are Difficult.

The Department of Homeland Security identifies 16 infrastructure sectors as “so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction, would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety.” Those sectors include agriculture, communications, electricity, financial services, health care, transportation systems, water, and even dams. The official list guides how local, state and federal homeland-security experts spend their time and resources. For each sector, a major federal agency is in charge of determining the best way to prevent essential functions from harm and support their recovery if necessary. (Water security falls under the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, and financial services under the Department of the Treasury.)

Bars are not on the list of essential sectors. But neither are schools. The lingering uncertainty about whether in-person education will resume isn’t the result of malfeasance, but utter nonfeasance.

Four months of stay-at-home orders have

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A Revolution Doesn’t Look Like a Revolution

Or consider the French Revolution. In the summer of 1789, King Louis XVI convened roughly 1,100 men from France’s tiny elite (aristocratic military officers, major landowners, lawyers, clergy) for the first meeting of the Estates-General (the closest thing the kingdom had to a national parliament) in 175 years. Refusing to abide by rules that effectively silenced most of those notionally represented (as gerrymandering and voter suppression thwart the popular will today), many delegates instead proclaimed themselves members of the National Assembly, a new, constitution-writing body. This was a standstill, not a revolution.

A few weeks later, the king summoned troops to Paris and fired his most popular adviser. Parisians poured into the streets; on July 14, about 800 of them swarmed to the Bastille, a fortress on the city’s edge, where they hoped to find weapons and gunpowder. First welcomed by the fortress’s defenders, then fired upon, the crowd

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What you need to know now about COVID-19 testing

Testing plays a major role in fighting COVID-19 — for your health, the health of our communities, and to help safely reopen businesses, schools, and more. While testing supplies across the nation have been limited, we are taking steps to continue to expand our testing capacity. Information about tests is changing often, so we’ll update the answers below frequently to help you understand what tests are available.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?

We recommend getting a diagnostic test if you currently have symptoms of COVID-19. If the test shows you’re infected, you can isolate to help prevent spread. Testing also helps public health agencies monitor the spread of the disease.

To receive a diagnostic test for COVID-19, call our 24/7 consulting nurse helpline at 1-800-297-6877. If you meet testing guidelines, we’ll give you instructions on what to do next.

It’s important to self-isolate as much as possible while you

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